Prayers of Devotion
Devotion also means a commitment or dedication to some purpose. Your devotion recycling is noble, but can you wait until I’ve read the newspaper? The plural noun devotions can have a religious meaning too, meaning prayers offered to God.
An Act of Love
O my God,
I love you above all things,
with my whole heart and soul,
because you are all good
and worthy of all my love.
I love my neighbor as
myself for the love of you.
I forgive all who have
injured me and I ask pardon
of all whom I have injured.
Druid Prayer & Devotion
Deep Peace to You
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Prayer and devotional practices are central to many Druids’ spiritual life. There are no prescribed prayers – each of us is free to use those prayers, blessings and practices that feel right for us, and our needs will change with the times and the seasons. The Druid’s Prayer, first recorded by Iolo Morganwg and updated in modern times, is used by many Druids:
Grant, O Great Spirit/Goddess/God/Holy Ones, Thy Protection;
And in protection, strength;
And in strength, understanding;
And in understanding, knowledge;
And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice;
And in the knowledge of justice, the love of it;
And in that love, the love of all existences;
And in the love of all existences, the love of Great Spirit/Goddess/God/Holy Ones/the Earth our mother,and all goodness.
Blessing of Saint Clare
May Almighty God Bless you May He look upon you with the eyes of His Mercy and give you His peace. Here below may He pour forth His graces on you abundantly and in heaven may He place you among His saints. -Saint Clare of Assisi.
Memorare to our Mother Saint Clare
Remember, O glorious Mother Saint Clare, the promise Jesus made to you, when prostrate before the holy tabernacle, you implored him on behalf of your distressed children. Full of confidence in your power over the Divine Heart, we implore your maternal protection. It was your glory to confound the enemies of the Church by presenting the Holy Eucharist to their gaze. Obtain for us, O Mother of the humble and poor, the grace of ever being faithful to our holy Rule. May we, imitating you, love the humble, penitent, hidden life of holy poverty. Reject not, O Holy Mother, the prayers of your children. Protect them by continual assistance, and bestow on them one and all, your maternal benediction. Amen.
Memorare to the Sacred Heart
Remember, O most dear Jesus, that no one who has ever reached out to your Sacred Heart to implore your help or seek your mercy was left unanswered. Inflamed with this same confidence, we hasten to your loving Heart and cast ourselves down before you, heavy with the weight of our sins. Do not look away from our poor and humble prayers, O Heart of Jesus, but hear and grant our requests. Amen.
Memorare to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I cry unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, do not look away from my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Receive, O Lord
Receive, O Lord, my entire liberty. Take my memory, intellect, and entire will. Whatever I have or possess, You have given me.
I return all these things totally to you. I surrender myself completely to be governed by Your will. Your love alone, with Your grace give to me, and I am rich enough. I plead for nothing else whatever.
Suscipe, Domine, universam libertatem meam. Accipe memoriam, intellectum et voluntatem meam omnem. Quidquid habeo vel possideo.
Tu mihi largitus es. Id tibi totum restituo. Ac tuae prorsus voluntati trado gubernandum. Amorem tui solum, cum gratia tua mihi dones, et dives sum satis. Nec quidquam aliud posco.
Sub Tuum Praesidium
We fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God; do not look away from our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers, O ever glorious and Blessed Virgin.
Memorare to Saint Joseph
Remember, O most pure spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, my sweet protector Saint Joseph, that no one ever had recourse to your protection or implored your aid without obtaining relief. Confiding therefore in your goodness I come before you and humbly supplicate you. O do not look away my petitions, foster father of the Redeemer, but graciously and pray for me to your adopted Son, Our Lord. Amen.
Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.